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CTV Winnipeg: How Arctic warming is impacting global temperature increases

November 21, 2023 — 

The Arctic is warming nearly four times faster than the global average, which is causing global temperatures to increase at a quicker rate than the threshold set out in the Paris Agreement.

This is according to a new study published in the journal ‘Earth System Dynamics,’ which found that faster Arctic warming will lead to a global two-degree temperature rise being reached eight years earlier than if it were warming at the average rate.

University of Manitoba professor Julienne Stroeve, who was a lead researcher on this project, said the goal of the study was to understand how the Arctic is contributing to global warming and how quickly the Paris Agreement temperature thresholds of 1.5 C and 2 C will be broken.

“We really are, in my view, in this critical decade of action at the moment where if we don’t have our emissions [reduced] by the end of this decade, we’re for sure going to exceed 1.5 degrees,” she said.

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